Vikings is a medieval drama series airing on The History Channel. It follows Norse warrior Ragnar Lodbrok and his group of Vikings on their first forays into England. It's loosely based on the existing sagas of Ragnar Sigurdsson, known as Ragnar Lodbrok,note a legendary Norse figure. Much like the Icelandic sagas from which it is adapted, Vikings is an exploration of human conflicts set against the backdrop of a grim, violent society.Ragnar Lodbrok is presented as a raider of some standing and a farmer who owes his allegiance to Earl Haraldson; a once great warrior but who now feels the weight of age and loss coming down upon him and who feels his power slipping from his grasp. For many years, Haraldson has commanded his warriors to raid the Baltic states and Russia - places long since plundered dry by generations of Northmen. Ragnar instead looks west, dreaming of the riches and glory that will await any man brave enough to sail the open sea. Ragnar's dreams of conquest and discovery brings him into conflict with the conservative Earl; who begins to fear that Ragnar's ambition will ultimately lead to the end of his rule. The plot thickens and twists from thereon.The series garnered excellent reception from critics and managed to achieve extremely good ratings in its first season. Halfway through the first season's run, a second was greenlit, which is to air some time in 2014.The first season was nominated for 3 Emmy awards.
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